IAQ1403:              VOCs: Sneaky Sources and Sustainable Solutions

Speaker:              Josh Jacobs


This session uses case studies to examine the impact of building materials and particular chemicals on indoor air quality (IAQ) throughout their lifecycle. After attending this talk, environmental health professionals will be able to identify materials that might be the origin of volatile organic compounds (VOCs), identify low-emitting alternative materials, and describe the benefits and value of using sustainable building materials. Come away with a proven method for controlling volatile organic compounds in the indoor environments in your community.



This course is designed to communicate the importance of indoor air quality (IAQ) and empower architects, designers, specifiers, and construction professionals to employ strategies to improve the indoor air quality in the spaces they are creating. It includes background on the impact of indoor air pollution on the triple bottom line of human health, resource abuse, and economics.

Participants will learn to identify sources of indoor air pollutants at the design phase of building construction. Several case studies will illustrate the major impact that ignoring indoor air quality has on a building throughout its life cycle. These case studies highlight the effects of controlling, versus not controlling, product emissions from products has. Emphasis is placed on how participants can incorporate good indoor air quality principles into sustainable building projects and the importance of volatile organic compound emissions from products over content only requirements.  Moreover, the participants will learn the value of selecting verified low-emitting materials as a proven method for controlling volatile organic compound emissions that can be pervasive in the indoor environment.